Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert, specifically associated with the city of Siena in Tuscany. It is a dense and chewy confection made with a mixture of nuts, fruits, and spices, bound together with honey and sugar. The ingredients typically include almonds, candied citrus peel, and a blend of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper.
Panforte has a long history, dating back to medieval times, and it was originally considered a luxury product due to the cost of its ingredients. It is often served during the Christmas season and other festive occasions in Italy. The name "panforte" translates to "strong bread," which refers to its dense and firm texture.
The confection is known for its rich, complex flavors that balance the sweetness of honey and sugar with the earthy notes of nuts and the citrusy brightness of candied fruit. It is typically dusted with powdered sugar or cocoa to prevent sticking and cut into thin, triangular wedges for serving. Panforte is a delightful treat that offers a taste of Italian tradition and is a popular choice for holiday gifting.